Just when you thought the smoke had cleared ...
The Bears indeed have worked out Michigan State wide receiver Devin Thomas today.
Wide receivers coach Darryl Drake did not make the trip as initially reported would happen on Thursday.
The Bears sent offensive quality control coach Charles London. London worked out Thomas for an hour. It’s a curious development given that position coaches are usually in on the process. It’s a last-minute move but not the only one going on. The Redskins have been flying across the country looking at prospects Phillip Merling and Malcolm Kelly as well.
General manager Jerry Angelo said earlier this week he wanted to possibly expand the list of players he’s looking at with the No. 14 pick from three to four or five. Kansas City is rumored to want to move up in a trade with Buffalo at No. 11 to perhaps draft an offensive tackle. The Chiefs also hold the No. 5 pick where they can get a replacement for defensive end Jared Allen. The Bills are reported to have heavy interest in Thomas, and could potentially land him at No. 17.
Obviously, it behooves the Bears to make them believe they will not be able to get their guy. The Bears also like Thomas, a Drew Rosenhaus client, a great deal but selecting a wide receiver with an unsettled quarterback position and gaping hole on the line would be a roll of the dice by Angelo.
Is London’s trip legitimate or is it another of the many pre-draft machinations teams go through to warn off other teams? As we clear the smoke out of our home office, we’ll let you decide for yourself.